Certificate in Digital Curation
Digital curation is an emerging field that encompasses the planning and management of digital assets over their full lifetime, from conceptualization through active use and presentation to long-term preservation in a repository for future reuse.
Museums worldwide are now routinely digitizing all collection objects as they are acquired and loaned, not only for access but as documentation in the event of loss, damage, or theft, and to support research on collections and objects. They are also digitizing significant portions or even all of their holdings in order to create the robust websites that the public now expects. Also, museums are acquiring and creating born-digital content, such as digital media art, historical data in digital formats, administrative records, and scientific research data. The creation and acquisition of valuable digital assets continues at a rapid pace, and cultural heritage institutions now have a critical need for professionals in the field to manage and preserve all types of digital assets to ensure their long-term availability for researchers, educators, internal users, and the public, and to participate in the development and promotion of standards and best practices for digital curation in the scientific and cultural heritage sector.
The Johns Hopkins University Certificate in Digital Curation, offered through the graduate program in museum studies, advances the education and training of museum and other cultural heritage professionals worldwide in this emerging field. The certificate program offers a specialized curriculum that prepares current and aspiring professionals to work with digital collections, exhibitions, and research data to ensure the effective stewardship of our global cultural heritage in all types of museums, from art museums to zoos, and related scientific and cultural heritage organizations. Students in this program will also contribute to the critically needed professional literature in the field.
PROGRAM SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Students may enroll in the digital curation program as a stand-alone graduate certificate or as a dual master’s degree and digital curation certificate in conjunction with the MA in Museum Studies or the MA in Cultural Heritage Management.
In addition to online coursework, the program includes a customized internship designed to meet the student’s interests and career goals, and a supervised research paper that enables the student to develop and demonstrate research and communication skills that will contribute to the professional development of the field and will last throughout their careers.
Applications to the Certificate in Digital Curation will be accepted from:
- Individuals applying simultaneously to the dual Museum Studies/Digital Curation Certificate program or the dual Cultural Heritage Management/Digital Curation Program; two approved courses may be applied to both the MA and the certificate for a total of 14 courses.
- Individuals with a master’s degree in museum studies or other relevant fields.
- Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience working in a museum, library, or archive, or related cultural heritage organization.
- Students currently enrolled in the MA in Museum Studies or MA in Cultural Heritage Management upon submission of an application via a Change of Program form.
|AS.460.670||Digital Preservation 1||3|
|AS.460.671||Foundations of Digital Curation 1||3|
|AS.460.672||Managing Digital Information in Museums and Archives 2||3|
|AS.460.673||Digital Curation Certificate Internship||3|
|AS.460.674||Digital Curation Research Paper||3|
|Select one elective chosen from the museum studies curriculum; courses relevant to digital curation include but are not limited to:||3|
|Curating Online Exhibitions and Experiences (Students in the Museum Studies/Digital Curation program will select one elective from the museum studies curriculum (additional courses listed below may be chosen as museum studies electives. Students in the Cultural Heritage Management/Digital Curation program should consult with the CHM program director on relevant courses)|
|Preservation of Analog and Digital Photographs|
|Introduction to Archives|
|2D Digitization of Collections|
|Provenance Research: Connecting Histories|
Courses should be taken before enrolling in the digital curation internship or research paper; any exceptions must be approved by the digital curation program coordinator.
Students must take a total of six courses to complete the Graduate Certificate requirements: five required courses and one elective. All courses are three credits.
Students in the dual MA in Museum Studies/Certificate in Digital Curation should normally take Collection Management before starting the digital curation courses. Collection Management can count as the digital curation elective. Students in the dual MA in Cultural Heritage Management/Certificate in Digital Curation program should normally take Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age before starting the digital curation courses. Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age can count as the digital curation elective.
Up to two courses completed in the JHU master’s degree program may be applied toward the certificate upon admission to the certificate program. Also, up to two courses from the Digital Curation Certificate program may be applied to the JHU museum studies master’s degree program as electives. Students will thus need a total of 14 courses to graduate with both the MA and the Graduate Certificate.
The program prepares students to become leaders in the museum, cultural heritage, and digital curation communities upon successful completion of the program.
By the end of the program, students will be able to:
● Analyze and apply the principles of digital preservation and digital curation.
● Create and assess digital preservation plans and strategies.
● Demonstrate knowledge of key historical materials on digital curation, theoretical perspectives, institutional practices, and legal and ethical concerns.
● Analyze and apply archival principles of appraisal and the management of digital objects in trustworthy repositories.
● Evaluate and apply workflows for the creation and management of digital collections in museum and cultural heritage environments.
● Design and conduct a supervised digital curation research project.
● Apply and promote best practices and standards for digital curation of cultural heritage materials.